Recently, I was thinking about the paralytic described in Mark's gospel and how Jesus' interaction with the paralytic illustrates the priority of our spiritual needs. The paralytic was the man made famous when he was lowered through the rooftop of a crowded home into the presence of Jesus (Mark 2:1-12). The paralytic's friends had faith that Jesus could heal him. Hence, I ...Keep Reading
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New book helps parents, mentors, pastors, youth ministers, children’s ministry volunteers, or simply friends "bring clarity to young minds in a world that is spinning in confusion" ...
Discipleship is about change. Everyone wants to change......
On Sunday, Rick Schatz shared at the end of his sermon various ways that will help us finish the Christian life well. Here is a recap of that list:...Keep Reading
I've been asked repeatedly for copies of A. W. Tozer's remarkable prayer in The Pursuit of God, which I read in the sermon on Sunday. Here it is, O God, be Thou exalted over my possessions. Nothing of earth's treasures shall seem dear unto me if only Thou art glorified in my life. Be Thou exalted over my friendships. I am determined that Thou shalt be above all, though ...Keep Reading
Middle Eastern women interviewed on a recent podcast have left me humbled and inspired by their devotion and confidence in God's Word....Keep Reading
Hospitality is a subject we talk a lot about. God seems to be pushing me to actually DO something about it..........Keep Reading
The truth of the resurrection means I live differently today, in the days and weeks after Easter in very practical ways....Keep Reading
Last week I posted about some of the books I've been reading of late; now I want to dive into one in particular....Keep Reading
Here's a look at what I've recently read or am reading right now...Keep Reading
I have a student - let’s call him Karl - who’s a bit fidgety in choir class......Keep Reading
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is in vain. ~Romans 15:14 It hasn't happened recently, but there have been occasions in my life when I have asked myself, "How do I really know that Christianity is true? How do I know that when I die, I won't wake up to some very different reality than the one described in the Bible?" W...Keep Reading
Lent is often considered a time of quiet reflection. But it might also be a time God uses to challenge us to consider how we live out the Gospel all year long....Keep Reading
Sabbatical has allowed me to be more intentional about reading. I hope these reviews will help spur you on to make time to read as well....Keep Reading
Interruptions or blessings? What is God doing with us when we expect life to go one way and it goes some completely different way?...Keep Reading
We need to worship even when we do not feel like it. God feeds us there, and our fellow worshipers have the opportunity to minister to us, as we do for them....Keep Reading
Resolutions are easily forgotten in the shuffle of the new year. Instead of a list of resolutions, perhaps one word to guide my thoughts and intentions will keep me focused on how God wants to grow me this year....Keep Reading
Discipleship is about change. Everyone wants to change......Keep Reading
At ECC, we are committed to at least 10 core values that guide us in our discipleship practice. ...Keep Reading
So you joined a Community Group back in September and now it's the beginning of February. At first it was exciting; you had the summer off and were glad to be back in regular fellowship with people from Church. But now you hear the steady dripping noise of the kitchen faucet when nobody is talking during a discussion. Or maybe your skin is beginning to bristle because THA...Keep Reading